17 Beautiful Purple Houseplants to Enhance Your Home Decor

Purple houseplants add a touch of beauty and excitement to any plant collection, breathing life into your home. In this article, we explore a selection of the most stunning purple indoor plants, along with care tips to ensure they thrive.

Step into a World of Purple

Who knew that purple houseplants could be so captivating? These are not your typical plants with purple flowers – we’re talking about striking foliage that boasts shades of purple and green. Get ready to discover a collection of extraordinary indoor plants that will leave you in awe.

1. Purple Queen (Tradescantia pallida)

Let’s start with a personal favorite – the Purple Queen. This easy-to-grow houseplant features tiny heart-shaped flowers during the summer, making it a delightful addition to your indoor garden. Provide it with ample indoor light to maintain its vibrant color and prevent legginess.

2. Pilea

Pilea plants come in various colorful varieties, including ones with stunning purple splashes, splotches, or edges on their leaves. Some pilea plants have leaves that combine shades of purple, silver, and green. To keep them happy, place them in a spot with bright, indirect sunlight and ensure adequate humidity.

3. Wandering Dude (Tradescantia zebrina)

The Wandering Dude is a popular and easy-to-propagate plant that thrives in hanging baskets or when trained to grow on a topiary form. Its purple and silver/green leaves create a mesmerizing display. Follow our care guide to ensure its well-being.

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4. Purple Velvet (Gynura aurantiaca)

The Purple Velvet, also known as the purple passion plant, is a unique indoor plant with lush, furry leaves and charming yellow flowers. Place it near a sunny window and water it regularly to achieve the best results.

5. Prayer Plant

The Prayer Plant is another one-of-a-kind beauty that offers a range of variations, including those with purple stems or veins. Its leaves open during the day and gracefully fold at night, resembling prayer hands. While it thrives in low light conditions, an indirect bright light location is ideal.

6. Purple Oxalis

Purple Oxalis makes an excellent purple-leafed houseplant with its adorable appearance and summer blossoms. Hang it in baskets to create a delightful display. Avoid direct sunlight and be mindful not to overwater it.

7. Purple Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis colorata)

Get ready to fall in love with the Purple Waffle Plant. Its crinkled leaves give it its name, making it a unique addition to your indoor garden. This plant requires plenty of water, so keep the soil consistently moist and provide adequate humidity.

8. Polka Dot Plant

The Polka Dot Plant is an adorable purple and green plant that is available in several color variations. While it is commonly sold as an annual plant, it can be grown indoors as well. Ensure it receives ample light for optimal growth.

9. African Milk Bush (Euphorbia bicompacta var. rubra)

The African Milk Bush boasts glossy purple leaves, making it a stunning addition to any indoor space. Bright light is essential to prevent legginess, and it prefers slightly drier soil conditions.

10. Calathea

Calathea plants come in various captivating varieties, so keep an eye out for the purple and green houseplant variety. Their unique foliage makes them excellent low-light indoor plants. Remember to keep the soil moist at all times.

11. Rex Begonia

Get ready to be captivated by the remarkable beauty of Rex Begonias. These plants offer a vast array of purple leaf varieties. While they are commonly sold as annuals, they thrive as indoor plants too. Follow our care guide to keep them healthy and happy.

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12. Succulents

Succulents and cacti plants also provide an array of purple options. Collecting and growing these beautiful varieties indoors is a delightful experience. Remember, they require plenty of light and minimal watering. Refer to our comprehensive guide on caring for succulents.

13. Rubber Tree ‘Burgundy’ (Ficus elastica)

The Rubber Tree ‘Burgundy’ is an exquisite houseplant with vibrant purple leaves. When new leaves emerge, they boast a striking shade of red, creating a stunning contrast against the mature burgundy foliage. Provide it with bright light and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

14. Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa)

The Ti Plant comes in various colors, but for this purpose, seek out the houseplant variety with purple leaves. Collecting multiple color variations will add an extra touch of beauty to your indoor garden. Ensure it receives plenty of sunlight without overwatering.

15. Silver Squill (Ledebouria socialis)

The Silver Squill is a charming houseplant with green leaves and a delightful purple underside. Its leaves are adorned with silver polka dots, and the stems also display a lovely shade of purple. Provide it with ample light, and it will reward you with springtime flowers. Avoid overwatering to prevent bulb rot.

16. Purple Sweet Potato Vine

While usually grown as an annual plant, the Purple Sweet Potato Vine can be brought indoors during fall and nurtured as a houseplant. Look for the beautiful purple varieties to add a touch of elegance to your indoor garden. Refer to our guide on overwintering sweet potato vines.

17. Coleus

Coleus plants are commonly sold as annuals, but they are relatively easy to grow as houseplants too. With countless shades of purple leaves available, you’ll be tempted to collect them all. Check out our guide on overwintering coleus indoors.

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Care Tips for Purple Houseplants

Purple houseplants add an exotic flair to your indoor garden and require special care to keep their colors vibrant. Here are some key tips for maintaining their beauty and ensuring their overall health:


Most purple-leaved houseplants thrive in bright light conditions to maintain their compact, bushy shape and vibrant color. Placing them near a south-facing window is ideal, but you can also use a growlight set on a timer to provide sufficient light.


These extraordinary purple beauties often have specific watering needs. To avoid over or underwatering, use a houseplant water meter for accurate measurements. Some plants also benefit from additional humidity, especially during the winter months. Consider running a humidifier near your plants to maintain optimal humidity levels.


Give your houseplants a nutrient boost during the spring and summer months by using organic indoor plant food. Compost tea, available in liquid concentrate or tea bag form, is an excellent all-purpose fertilizer for your purple houseplants.

Where to Find Houseplants with Purple Leaves

You can find common houseplants with purple leaves at local garden centers throughout the year. Additionally, many purple houseplants are available as annual bedding plants or in mixed containers during the spring and summer seasons. If you prefer the convenience of online shopping, you can easily find a wide selection of purple indoor plants.

Imagine the envy of your friends when they see your incredible collection of purple houseplants. These stunning plants will undoubtedly make you the talk of the town. Explore the wealth of information in our Houseplant Care eBook to learn everything you need to know about maintaining healthy indoor plants.

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